Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay; Cooperage: 100% French oak, 35% New Oak, 65% Neutral; Barrel Aging: 10 months; 75% Malolactic Fermentation
The excellent 2016 growing season resulted in a gorgeous expression of Chardonnay from our Running Creek Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. On the nose, alluring wildflower aromas mingle with notes of peach, citrus, pineapple and a touch of honey. The inviting citrus and stone fruit elements continue on the palate, where they are supported by bright acidity, hints of sweet, toasty oak and a creamy, mouth-filling texture.
Harvest 2016 was another banner year for wine quality in the Sonoma Coast. Though budbreak was early due to warm weather in February and March, a cool spring led to delayed flowering and some shatter, lowering yields compared to the previous three vintages. The combination of an early budbreak and a moderate-sized crop led to one of the earliest harvest start dates on record. Though harvest was early, ideal temperate weather in the run-up to harvest resulted in wines of exceptional concentration and purity.